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Call it cliché, but there’s nothing that children, and mothers (*Hint Hint) love receiving more on Valentine’s Day, than a nice box of chocolates. While, always alluring to receive in a fancy Sees Candy box, we all know you pick your favorite ten and toss the rest. In my world, gifts take on a much more special meaning when they’re homemade.
One of the best and easiest ways to personalize chocolates is to place them in a home decorated tin! My kids and I LOVE to make Martha Washington chocolates, complete with home decorated tin, to give to our loved ones and friends for Valentines. Not to mention, everyone has a great time “testing” the final product.
The first thing you want to do is decide how many servings you’re going to make. Is this for your child’s whole class, or are you handing it out to family friends and a few neighbors? Once you do this, you can average out the supplies needed. My favorite way to package the chocolates is with small, home decorated tins. Tins are cheap and easy to find, and can be decorated with pictures, ribbons, puff paints, rhinestones, pretty much anything that your pre-teen thinks is awesome. Once your tins are decorated and fabulous, it’s time for the most important part- the chocolates!
Even if you’re saying to yourself right now, “I’m not much of a cook,” trust me, anyone can make these chocolates. And at the end of the day, remember, it’s chocolate! It always tastes good!
1 stick of butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 lbs powdered sugar
1 1/2 c. coconut
1 qt. chopped pecans
2 ounces wax
12 ounces chocolate chips
Grab a bowl, and mix the sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar, coconut and pecans together. Stir the ingredients until they are semi-soft. Take a spoonful of the mixture and form them into round balls and stick them in the freezer. Melt chocolate chips with paraffin in double boiler. Dip the frozen balls into the hot melted chocolate, and using a toothpick and place the balls on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Finally, place them in the refrigerator for an hour to harden. Then remove and enjoy!
Making my Martha Washington chocolates for Valentine’s Day is a tasty way to spend quality time with your kids and teach them a little bit about being domestic. Plus, you might even be able to find out who your kids are drooling over at school!
Part time chocolatier, full time mother/intelligence agent.
Leslie Ezelle is HGTV’s Design Star: All Star winner. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and Leslie Ezelle is no exception to this rule. The acclaimed interior designer and TV personality has entertained millions of people around the world with her vivacious and eccentric demeanor. She has a wealth of knowledge in interior design, full home renovations, DIY projects, and decorating tips. She lives by her design philosophy “tame your domain” the idea that a stress free, organized home offers the happiest and healthiest environment.
Posted on February 3, 2013
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